Hot Wheels Turbo Racing is a racing video game released for the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation in 1999. It features 40 cars based on the Hot Wheels series of toys. It also features Kyle Petty's 1999 NASCAR stock car, as it was sponsored by Hot Wheels. The game features music from artists like Primus, Metallica, The Reverend Horton Heat and Mix Master Mike.
The focus of the game is racing one of a selection of vehicles through various themed race tracks. Secret tracks can be unlocked by winning races and new cars can be used by finding 'Mystery Car' bonuses hidden in each track. Six vehicles participate in each race. The game features a total of 40 playable vehicles. Stunts can be executed by holding the directional pad or analog stick in certain directions while in mid-air to add to the turbo meter for increased speed.
As seen in the hint screens, using the controller to perform various stunts from jumping-off points gains 'Turbos' which allow short bursts of speed. The car in use will take damage based on running into obstacles or other cars. Power-up icons found around the track give various performance enhancements.
Each car has its own measurements in 4 categories: Top Speed, Stunts, Durability, and Control. Top Speed, shown in red, determines the car's top speed, though for some vehicles it is incorrect. Splittin' Image II, for example, is 1 MPH faster than Street Rodder, but the Street Rodder is shown as being faster. Additionally, Sol-Air CX-4 is 10 MPH faster than Speed Blaster, but Speed Blaster is shown as being faster. The fastest cars in the game are the Rigor Motor, Power Pipes, Twin Mill, and Twin Mill II.
Stunts, shown in bright green, determines a car's maneuverability in the air. The higher the Stunts ability, the faster the car will spin, roll, or flip in the air, which allows for earning more turbos from various tricks. The Go Kart has the highest Stunts stat.
Durability, shown in blue, determines a car's resistance to hazards such as TNT crates, HazMat barrels, other cars, or collisions with walls or road forks. A car with high Durability will destroy a car with lower durability in a collision initiated by either. The most durable cars are the Gulch Stepper and Super Van.
Lastly, Control determines a car's handling. Cars with higher handling are better suited for the curves of each track. The best-handling car in the game is an 8-way tie between the Shadow Jet, Speed Blaster, Sol-Aire CX-4, Formula 5000, Go Kart, Hot Wheels 500, Twin Mill, and Twin Mill II. Unlike other stats, the color used for Control changes depending on how high or low it is. From lowest to highest, it is dark green, yellow, red, then pink.
Acceleration appears to also be different among each vehicle. Thunder Roller has notably lower acceleration than Jet Threat, for example.
|Car Name||Notes||Game Version||Actual Version (or Close Proximity)||4x4?|
|Bi-Sector||The 1st of 2 cars that was part of the Crashers series||No|
|Cat-A-Pult||Game version identical to the 1998 FE version||No|
|Deora||Game version similar to the 1968 FE Version||Yes|
|Double Vision||Game version identical to the 1998 FE version||No|
|Dragster||Game version identical to the 1995 Race Team version||No|
|Evil Weevil||Game version identical to the 1971 FE version||No|
|Formula 5000||Game version paint & tampos unlike any released version||No|
|Go Kart||Game version similar to the 1998 FE version||No|
|Gulch Stepper||Game version paint & tampos unlike any released version||Yes|
|Hot Wheels 500||Game version similar to the 1995 Race Team Version.||No|
|Hot Wheels Car||Game version very similar to the HW Race Team edition||No|
|Jet Threat||Game version identical to 1971 FE version.||No|
|Lakester||Game version very similar to the 1998 FE version||No|
|Mongoose||Game version most similar to the 1973 Mongoose II version||No|
|Power Pipes||Game version similar to the 1997 Phantom Racers version||No|
|Power Pistons||Game version similar to the 1996 Toy Fair release.||No|
|Power Rocket||Game version most similar to the 1995 FE version||No|
|Purple Passion||Game version similar to the 1990 FE version||No|
|Rash 1||The 2nd of 2 cars that was part of the Crashers series||No|
|Red Baron||Game version identical to|
the 1973 version
|Rigor Motor||Game version identical to the 1994 FE version||No|
|Road Rocket||Game version very similar to the 1996 FE version||No|
|Rock Buster||Game version paint unlike any released version||Yes|
|Shadow Jet||Game version paint & tampos unlike any released version. (The 2006 release is similar)||No|
|Silhouette II||Game version very similar to the 1993 FE release||No|
|Slideout||Game version identical to the 1998 FE version||Yes|
|Snake||Game version most similar to the 1973 Snake II version||No|
|Sol-Aire CX-4||Game version similar to the 1994 version||No|
|Speed Blaster||Game version similar to the 1995 release||No|
|Splittin' Image II||Game version identical to the 1998 X-Treme Machines 5-Pack version||No|
|Stagefright||Game version identical to the 1978 Flying Colors version||Yes|
|Stealth||Game version paint & window are unlike any released version||No|
|Street Rodder||Game version similar to the 1976 Flying Colors version||Yes|
|Strip Teaser||Game version similar to the 1971 FE version||No|
|Super Van||Game version similar to the 1975 Flying Colors version||Yes|
|Sweet 16 II||Game version identical to the 1999 Toys 'R' Us Exclusive version||No|
|Thunder Roller||Game version identical to the X-V Racers version||Yes|
|Tow Jam||Game version identical to the 1998 FE version||Yes|
|Twin Mill||Game version paint and tampos unlike any released version. (The 2008 Since '68 version is similar)||Yes|
|Twin Mill II||Game version identical to the 1996 release.||Yes|
|Way 2 Fast||Game version identical to the 1997 FE version||Yes|
|Twin Mill||A gold spectraflame version is shown in the game intro|
|Track Name||Track Close Up||In All Formats?||Unlock?||No. of Mystery Cars|
|Dawn Encounter||Yes||Available at start||2|
|Snake River Mine||Yes||Available at start||2|
|Road To Rustwell||Yes||Available at start||2|
|Cold Fusion||Yes||Available at start||2|
|Command Center||Yes||Available at start||2|
|Helicrash||Yes||Available at start||1|
|R.M. Sludgeworks||Yes||Complete the Hot Wheels Cup||2|
|R.M. Test Track||Yes||Complete the Hot Wheels Cup||1|
|Exhaust Pipes||No||Complete the Hot Wheels Cup||0|
|Serpent Sprint||No||Complete the Secret Car Cup||0|
|Volcano Blowout||No||Complete the Secret Car Cup||0|
Spread throughout each race track are a number of useful power-ups that temporarily boost a vehicle's performance. Only 1 power-up can be used at a time.
|4X4||Allows a vehicle to drive through the slippery or muddy shortcuts without being slowed down. Vehicles will also be able to go through walls marked "4x4 only" and rail guards. Some vehicles, such as Deora, have built-in 4x4 and do not require the power-up.|
|Cars Of Steel||
Temporarily provides a vehicle with maximum durability.
This is useful for ramming into other cars, which destroys them instantly.
|Gyro||Enhances a vehicle's ability to perform stunts.|
|Rubber Car||Forces cars that bash into the player to harmlessly bounce off, which usually destroys them. Behaves similarly to "Cars of Steel" at a glance.|
|Sticky Tires||Improves the grip of a vehicle's tires, maximizing its handling.|
|Super Brakes||Significantly improves braking ability, allowing a car to stop on a dime.|
|Super Handling||Increases the grip, downforce, engine power, and center of gravity of a vehicle resulting in greater handling capacity. It also maximizes the vehicle's top speed, which caps at 180. The vehicle's engine will rev higher.|
|Turbo Boost||Collect to add more turbos to the Turbo Meter.|
- Shadow Jet II was named Stealth
- Strip Teaser was unlockable in PS1 Version instead of the N64.
- Exhaust Pipe, Serpent Sprint & Volcano Blowout are exclusive to the PS1 Version
- There are differences in the Nintendo 64 Version than in the PS1 Version.
- In the N64 Version, instead of 5SP/MXV, Way 2 Fast, Power Rocket, Thunder Roller and Shadow Jet have BW, Road Rocket has 3SP, and Speed Blaster has Green PC6.
- Go Kart has more details in the N64 Version than in the PS1 Version
- Super Van has a much lighter shade of gray
- Sol-Aire CX4 has additional Hot Wheels flame logos on the sides, which makes it even more similar to the Race Team version
- R.M. Sludgeworks has two additional breakable explosives before the Spinning Wall, both of which are not included in the PS1 Version